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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wasteland Press (September 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600473482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600473487
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,602,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michelle Webster is an author and poet. Her debut novel ENTANGLED IN DARKNESS was published in 2009 (originally under the pen name Lindsey Webster). It is a dark and intense journey of a young woman as she faces mental illness just as she is graduating high school and dreaming big about the future. Available in ebook format. Michelle has studied mental health and psychology and has degrees in both. She lives in Canada with her many pets and continues to write. She currently writes science fiction and fantasy. She also writes confessional poetry. She was former editor of the online literary magazine Cerulean Rain. In her spare time, she reads a lot of fiction in hopes of escaping to another world for a short while. She loves dreaming of outer space and not-so-secretly wishes to live in an era of space travel.

From the Author:

"I started writing in Grade 5. I wrote a story about some animals in a forest that was being threatened by logging. I made it into a homemade book with illustrations I had done myself. My teacher found it in my desk at school and made me read it to the class. I vividly remember this next part. A girl in the class (who is now one of my best friends!) spoke up and said I had copied the movie Fern Gully. Perhaps I had been inspired by the movie but I had written that story myself from my own ideas. Then my teacher, who everyone in the class pretty much hated and thought was a witch out of the Roald Dahl novel, said to me in this doomful voice "Next time use your own brain!" I never wrote fiction again until I was an adult. Its amazing how a young person's creativity can be squashed so easily by a negative and harsh criticizing adult.

When I was in grade 8, I started writing poetry. This became my passion and its never ceased being so. As a teenager I was depressed and writing poetry was an outlet for me. Later this outlet turned me into a writer devoted to the art of poetry. I have not published any poems but I have lots of poems I may one day publish. I write confessional poetry mainly and my biggest inspiration is Sylvia Plath.

I started writing fiction again in my early twenties. I started by writing a fanfiction for the TV show Alias to which I was obsessed with at the time. After finishing the novel length fanfiction, I turned to original fiction and I've been in love with writing fiction ever since.

My debut novel is Entangled in Darkness. I spent 2 years on this novel and wrote my heart and soul into it. It was inspired by my own experiences working and studying mental health, as a survivor of suicide, and from my own personal experiences. This was the novel I had to write in order to release the tension inside of me. So I wrote it, a fictional story inspired by real struggles of those that have mental illness or family members and friends with mental illness.

Now that I've written that, I plan to continue writing and explore other areas such as science fiction and fantasy which I love to read. I love space. I love the idea of space travel and the idea of worlds foreign to us in a vast universe we'll never know all of. So that's where my writing is heading next."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By abcarroll on April 20, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Annalyn is a new university student with a bright future ahead of her. Always at the top of her class she looks forward to university and her newfound independence with great excitement. She is ready to break away from her family and her dad's extreme moodiness. After only a couple days at university Annalyn feels a crushing depression that leaves her unable to get out of bed. This book is an amazingly heartbreaking and intense story of a family's struggle with mental illness. This story is a fascinating look into mental illness and how it affects not only the person dealing with the illness but the entire family as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AvidReader47 on April 26, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
WOW! What an intense and somber story. Entangled in Darkness by Lindsey Webster gets you from the Dedication and doesn't let go. This is a story of mental illness from the prospective of Annalyn Johanssen who is a freshmen at a University with her best friend Lexie. There she falls into a depression not knowing what is wrong with her. In the meantime, her father seems to also suffer from some type of mental illness which shows these types of diseases run in the family. Very heartbreaking and touching all at the same time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 29, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This book has an interesting perspective on one women's journey into mental illness. It takes place just as the young woman is going to university and moving from her childhood home for the first time. The author has done a good job of setting the story up. There are some powerful images in this book, enough to make me tear up in places, and feel the anguish of the main character. It also showed how her family reacted to her journey. The book has some necessary difficult parts because of the feelings of the main character. I did find there were parts of the book that I did not enjoy as much, parts I felt the need to skim. It dragged in parts when I found it took away from the story. I wanted to know what was going to happen, yet I felt stuck. Of course this could have been intentional by the author, as the main character did feel stuck in places. For me it took away from the book. Overall I will recommend this book to people who I know might be interested in this topic. Although I thought it could be better in parts, I still enjoyed reading it. I would read more by this author.
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